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Old 02-04-2016, 11:35 AM   #1
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Hello All,

As a new Dynamax owner and new to the Dynamax Forum, I would like to introduce myself.

Some years ago, my wife and I retired to Oregon and acquired a new 2012 24-foot Lazy Daze Class C on a Ford E-450 chassis. We used it to tour the West without a tow. The plan was to use the motorhome two or three weeks per month, and sell it after three years. Along the way, we learned of a whole new lifestyle.

For longer stays and more comfortable use of a motorhome, we decided a separate bedroom, more storage, a few more amenities, and a tow might better meet our needs.

In the interest of safety, drivability, and durability, we concluded that the Freightliner M2 chassis with Cummins engine and Allison transmission might best meet our needs. We would rather have load carrying and towing capacity to spare rather than be at or exceeding chassis design limits. If it were not for a Dynamax Sales Manager, we might not have settled on Dynamax.

On December 7, 2015, we took possession of a 2016 DX 35 DS.

A few weeks of use and a few thousand miles later, I can report the DX3 drives well, is comfortable, and has some very nice features. More
experience will be required before I can offer a complete report.
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Gerard
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2012 Lazy Daze 24-foot FD
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Old 02-04-2016, 12:23 PM   #2
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Keep us posted, we have been looking at the Dynamax and trying to decide on this or a DP.
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Old 02-04-2016, 04:38 PM   #3
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Welcome to the family. If you ever need anything...we're here to help.
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Old 02-04-2016, 09:39 PM   #4
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Welcome neighbor, maybe we can form a DX3 rally in the future......Bob
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Old 02-05-2016, 05:20 PM   #5
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Welcome aboard BackPacker.

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Let me add my welcome, I'm a newbe as well, lots to learn...
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Old 02-06-2016, 10:11 AM   #7
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Welcome, Gerard! The Freightliner / Cummins combo does drive VERY well. More power and true tow capacity than you're ever likely to need. That gives you a huge safety factor. I have a 2015 Dynamax DX3-37RB with about 16,000 miles on it. I really like having that 9 liter Cummins diesel up front. In addition to the safety factor, engine maintenance is MUCH easier.
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Old 02-06-2016, 11:34 AM   #8
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Welcome aboard Slim. You say you are a newbie, but you write and describe things and provide analysis like you have some time-in-service with MHs. I had a 2014 Solera, but I sold it. Ordered a 2016 Force HD 36 at Hershey, and waiting to pick it up end of the month. I look forward to communicating with owners and Clemens as i learn that rig.

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Old 02-06-2016, 05:24 PM   #9
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All, thank you for the welcome.

Neighbor Bob, a rally of DX3 owners of the Pacific Northwest is a great idea. I would suggest broadening it to Dynamax owners to open it to a greater population and because of the commonality of interests. In any event, you have my support.

jkoenig24, that's why I bought a DX3. Recently, I was given another reason to be glad I own a Dynamax. I attended a lecture on motorhome fire safety at the FMCA Western Area Rally, Indio, CA. The instructor cited four major causes of fire in motorhomes. They are:
  • Diesel pusher engine compartment.
  • Dashboard in a diesel pusher from chafing of the insulation on wiring, subsequent electrical short, and fire.
  • Front right tire blowout which rips the diesel fill hose on diesel pushers. Fuel might then flow along the undercarriage and ignite.
  • Propane-fueled refrigerators.
You will notice, of all the major causes of fire in a motorhome, none apply to Dynamax, unless the optional propane refrigerator was chosen.

From 2009 to 2013, an average of 5,540 fires a year involved motorhomes and other recreational vehicles, according to estimates provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). On average, those fires killed 36 people and injured 135 annually. See http://www.fmcmagazine.com/back-issues/2016/january/3990-rv-fire-protection.html

Mike, we started with a Force. The larger engine of the Force HD seemed to me to be worth the added cost. It would have been my choice. My copilot had her own thoughts on the subject.

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Very interesting perspective. We have been making a push to market the benefits of Class C's over Class A's. At the Tampa show this year I heard lots of people talking about the safety of Class C's, many of which were things we were adding to the brochures. We had lots of activity in our display.

While I would love to think our marketing was making that type of impact...I knew there had to be something else out there creating this buzz. I'm glad to have read this post and confirm my thoughts. FMCA is a large, influential group, and I'm glad we agree on this topic.
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